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Classifying EBD and ADHD
Jaclyn Pollack I actually had really no difficulties trying to classify each student. Now when it came down to the last student which was Stephanie I did get some mixed ideas that she could be more EBD and ADHD, but then I realized that there was hardly any depression present in her case. Her grade scores were on point and the only issue she had was talking and passing notes behavioral wise. The way that I was able to come to the conclusion that Tommy had an emotional or behavioral disability was in a number of different ways. His teachers had said more than once that he had issues with anger. He has trouble in school with not being able to control his anger, picks fights, and is struggling with his academics. He may make a friend but he is not able to keep that friend for long. He spends a lot of time alone. He is under where he is supposed to be academically and his grades are always slipping. For me the deciding factor that he had EBD was his anger and lack of social skills. It was this that set him apart for ADHD. Jacob was a little easier for me to classify. He is unable to focus and disrupts class frequently. He is unable to sit still and makes careless mistakes on his homework because he has not read all the directions. He has a hard time getting along with his peers and is repeating the first grade but is still having difficulty with a lot of the subjects. It was obvious to me by his inability to sit still and focus that he has ADHD. I believe that EBD and ADHD need to be found because it is present in many children. I do believe that it will be hard to define since the teacher does have to pay close attention to the child’s behavior to really classify what he or she has. Many doctors will want to know what is going on at school when the child is around other peers and dealing with school work. This will also help them to classify the child whether he or she has EBD or ADHD….

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